Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Quentin Vest, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

William L. Frank, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Martha E. Cook, Ph.D.


When reading a book, short story, or a poem, the reader responds emotionally to the character depending upon the reader’s preferences. That in turn requires the writer to contemplate not only what type of character to create, but also how to develop that character. Poets in general struggle the most with character development within their works. Usually they are confined by the amount of words used or the type or words used, which then restricts the amount of character development. This thesis analyzes the use of the writer’s use of voice or speaker which impacts the character development within the poem. When the writer uses a first person point of view in their work, the reader feels that the character is better defined, than when third person is being used. This thesis analyzes the use of first person point of view and third person point of view in effect to the reader’s perception of character development within the work.



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